Autograph letter signed to Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell. No place, [August 2], 1871
This splendid letter connects two of the most influential women of the nineteenth century, Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Blackwell.
(ARMSTRONG, NEIL.) VERNE, JULES
A Trip to the Moon. New York: F. M. Lupton, September 9, 1893
Signed by Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon. This classic of science fiction, turned into scientific fact by Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission, was first published as De la Terre à la Lune in 1865.
CLINTON, WILLIAM JEFFERSON
Photograph of Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu seated in the White House, signed and inscribed “To the people of Israel—with gratitude for the ties that bind us. Bill Clinton.”. Washington, late 1990s
A splendid photograph of Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu seated in the White House, signed and inscribed “To the people of Israel—with gratitude for the ties that bind us. Bill Clinton.” Netanyahu was Prime Minister from 1996 to 1999 during the second Clinton administration.
(APOLLO 11.) Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins
Official NASA photograph of the Apollo 11 crew (1969), signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, Jr. NASA, May, 1969
Signed and inscribed by the crew of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the moon: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot), with an added inscription by Armstrong. This official NASA photograph shows the three astronauts in their flight gear with a picture of the moon as their background.
The early photographic prints with the red numbers, such as the present example, are much more desirable than the more commonly available lithographic prints of the same poses.
Autograph Letter Signed to C. C. Maxwell. No place, Sept. 26, 1857
In this wonderful letter Faraday discusses the famous experiment in which Galileo is said to have dropped spheres of different masses to show that their time of descent was independent of their masses. Though said by some to have been a thought experiment, this was one of the most famous demonstrations in the history of science. The experiment disproved Aristotle’s theory of gravity and helped usher in the era of modern science.
(WASHINGTON, BUSHROD.) [Ballow, Henry.]
A Treatise of Equity … with the addition of marginal references and notes by John Fonblanque. Volume the Second. Dublin: Byrne, Moore, Jones, and Watts, 1795
Bushrod Washington’s copy, with his signature on the title-page. George Washington’s favorite nephew, Bushrod (1762-1829) was executor of his uncle’s estate and inherited Mount Vernon. He inherited Washington’s library and papers, and this volume was surely shelved side-by-side with those books at Mount Vernon. Bushrod Washington gave John Marshall access to Washington’s papers when the chief justice was writing his Life of Washington.
WATSON, JAMES D
The Double Helix. In Atlantic Monthly. Boston, January and February 1968
FIRST EDITION of The Double Helix, preceding the publication in book form in late February 1968. Signed by James Watson on the front cover of each issue.
Typed letter signed to V. A. Loewenthal. Princeton, January 5, 1954
Einstein sends thanks to his correspondent in Arnhem who has sent Einstein photographs, evidently of the now-famous Lorentz Monument in that city. He writes in part, “I find the memorial very tasteful and am happy that the city of Arnhem is aware of the significance of its great son.”
Typed letter signed “Golda Meirson” to Abba Kovner. Jerusalem: Ministry of Labour, November 21, 1954
Golda Meir, a founder of the modern state of Israel, writes to Abba Kovner, who led the Vilna Ghetto Uprising and later became one of Israel’s leading poets.